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The Roundtable for Sustainable Forests
is an inclusive partnership of public and private organizations and individuals, promoting the national goal of sustainable forests through implementation of a set of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management that will lead to increased understanding and better decision making. For more specific information on their working groups, go to the RSF website
. For information on the FGDC work click on Sustainable Forest Data Working Group
or the Vegetation Subcommittee
The mission of the Sustainable Minerals Roundtable
is to support the nation's commitment to sustainable development. The Roundtable will develop indicators of sustainability, based on social, economic, and environmental factors, to provide a means for assessing the status and trends of minerals/materials and energy systems.
RSF First Approximation Report
(Report of the United States on the Criteria and Indicators for the Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests June 1997). The twelve member countries of the Montreal Process were requested to produce individual first approximation reports, i.e., national reports on the conditions of the forests in each nation. A priority of the Roundtable is to improve the United States' ability to assess sustainable forest management.
On October 16, 2000 eight federal agencies signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate in obtaining, managing and reporting data concerning criteria and indicators (C&I) for the conservation and management of temperate and boreal forests. Additional agencies will likely join the agreement in the near and long term. The MOU provides a common interagency forum to resolve issues integral to collecting, monitoring, analyzing, reporting, and making data related to the Roundtables on Sustainable Forests C&I available on an ongoing basis. Most importantly, the MOU provides a process for helping the federal agencies develop the first national report by 2003 on the Nation's progress towards sustainable forest management. Output from the Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable will provide the basis for a parallel 2003 report on rangeland sustainability. This report will be a first approximation of the C&I for the sustainable management of U.S. rangelands. Like the 2003 national report on sustainable forests, the 2003 first approximation report on C&I for rangeland management is expected to include a chapter detailing information about each indicator, including geographic scope, data availability, data interpretation, and inter-relationships among indicators.